TORONTO — Hours before the Los Angeles Kings were to hit the ice against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center (1:00 PM PST, Feburary 21), the National Hockey League announced that Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier was suspended for two games for for his hit on San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau during their game on February 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
On the play, Gauthier received a minor penalty for boarding. Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64 of his annual salary with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Gauthier, who recently returned from a five-game suspension for his hit on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges during their game at Montreal on January 31, will be eligible to return to the lineup on February 25, when the Kings skate at Philadelphia.
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